SH Blog: Completed and failed trades on Thursday, Big Baby bought out by Magic

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If you were hoping for a blockbuster, “Woj Bomb” type of trade on Thursday, you were out of luck.

The trade deadline came and went on Thursday without any real stars packing their bags, but plenty of teams made relevant moves throughout the day to bolster their franchises in some way.

Our Chris Sheridan has the trade analysis of all the deals, but you can find more on everything that went down and everything else that fell through below.

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Tweet of the Night: NBA Players React To Paul Walker News

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Amidst a crazy day of sports — that included the top team in college football losing on a last-second field goal return for a touchdown — one of the top stories circulating on the Internet Saturday was that of the untimely tragic death of actor Paul Walker.

Walker, 40, who was best known for his iconic role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious films, died in a fiery single-car crash in Santa Clarita, California.

The combination of TMZ having broken the story and a death-related hoax involving Walker having just circulated the Internet made the news hard to believe.

However, hours after the crash, his reps updated both his Twitter and Facebook accounts confirming the horrifying news.

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Tweet of the Night: Austin Daye excited about new opportunity with the Toronto Raptors

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130px-Austin_DayeFree agent forward Austin Daye was supposed to be the future – at least somewhat – for the Detroit Pistons when they took him with the 15th overall pick back in the 2009-2010 season. He had height, length and the ability to shoot the ball with range. Unfortunately, he never could find consistency offensively and never developed enough strength or speed to be able to handle guarding the forward position on the defensive end. He was consequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies last season, but failed to make much of an impact off the bench.

On Tuesday, Daye reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $2 million with the Toronto Raptors. With Rudy Gay and Landry Fields at small forward and Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough manning the power forward position, Daye will likely have to settle for a third-stringer role for the team at best. Still, the lanky forward is looking forward to a new opportunity with a team that he chose to be with for the first time in his career. Here is what he had to say on twitter:

Tweet of the Day: LeBron James strives for greatness

Tweet of the Night: Roy Hibbert waiting to hear news on Jennings, Oden and Pekovic

James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog

Abrams: Western Conference Finals Betting Preview

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The evolution of the Memphis Grizzlies franchise since its infant days in Vancouver is really something to marvel at when you consider where they are as of today.

They are currently on their 7th head coach in their franchise’s history with Lionel Hollins and are out of the first round for just the second time in their 18-year history. If you parlay that with the fact that Memphis traded their top scorer, Rudy Gay, at the end of January for Ed Davis, who has played 3 total minutes in the past six games, Austin Daye, who has played 11 total minutes in the entire playoffs and an aging 33-year old Tayshaun Prince, who is the best current piece of the deal, you have to be impressed with their run.

Who Won and Who Lost? Reviewing All 12 NBA Trades

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James HardenThere have been exactly a dozen NBA trades made this season, from small to significant. Some teams wanted to clear up money, some teams wanted to continue rebuilding, while others took bold steps in ensuring present and future success on the court.

But in our society of instant gratification and unceasing competition, we almost have an unquenchable thirst for deciding winners and losers.

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